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God will not coerce us to go His way. He will not force us. Yet, when we walk with Him, we are guaranteed fullness in life, along with a peace, that can be experienced in no other way.

Pastor Bill

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When we go through life with God, He blesses. When we go the other way, we will pay an extreme price.

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There is no such thing as "spiritual retirement" spoken of in Scripture.

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THE WHIZZER

Last week I shared about my older brother, Stan. I don’t have a multitude of memories about him because I was just too young when he enlisted in the Army and left home. But there is one particular day that is carved into my memory that I doubt I will ever forget—for good reasons and some not so good!

It all had to do with a Whizzer. You noticed that is spelled with a capital W. I am not sure if the Whizzer was a family machine or if it might have belonged to Stan. I remember him riding it often, and my older sister was also on it fairly frequently. A Whizzer was a brand of a motorbike. It was like a bicycle and even had pedals that you worked to get you going, and get the little single-cylinder engine operating so you could sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

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The photo is not one of “our” Whizzer, but came off the Internet. It appears to be quite similar to the one that I watched members of our family ride. The company that built the Whizzer started out selling engines and kits so a person could attach them to a bicycle. Then, later during the 1940’s, they began selling the complete deal with a bike and the engine already attached to it. From what I have learned about it, the gas tank held 5 quarts of fuel, and some models had engines of 3 hp, that could reach speeds up to 40 mph. In 1948 the company started selling the Pacemaker, which sold for $199.95.

I don’t have any idea which model of Whizzer may have graced the front porch of our home, but the photo above sure seems to be familiar when compared with the recollections I have in the deep recesses of my mind. In any case, it was the Whizzer that helped “burn” the memory of one particular day into my brain!

Stan was at home. I am guessing he hadn’t gone off to the Army just yet, and he had a job in a small sawmill a few miles outside of town. On one particular day, when he was off work, he was riding the Whizzer around, enjoying the bright sunshine of a summer day. When he came by the house I no doubt began to pester him for a ride on the Whizzer, and being the good older brother that he was, he agreed to take me for a spin with him. He picked me off the ground and set me atop the fuel tank, since there was only a seat for a single rider, and showed me how to lean over the tank and hang onto the handle bars. He gave a shove and began to pedal and within a matter of seconds the engine was racing and so were we. Oh, man! I was really living. In a minute or two I am sure I was grinning from ear-to-ear and my eyes were blurred from the tears streaming back on each side of my face from the wind. Yes, this was living! This was the kind of thing big brothers were made for, let me tell you! I had decided that it was a great thing for a young boy to have a big brother.

Psalm 133, in the Old Testament, begins with these word: “How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!”

I certainly would have agreed with that as Stan and I went barreling along the dirt and gravel roads, as we headed out of town. It is a great thing when family members are able to get along. Not every family is so fortunate, and sometimes it has to be worked at; but it’s worth it.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the positive memories so many of us have of our growing up years. Thank you for the blessing of brothers and sisters so many of us are able to enjoy. Yes, thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

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Don’t be content with a "stationary" spiritual life. Move ahead. Grow. Go forward with Christ!

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Why did the Nation of Israel spend so long in the wilderness? They had a hard time letting go of Egypt. It seems they did not really want to let go. They kept looking back over their shoulders. There is a lesson for all Christians in this story. It might be well for us to think about it on occasion.

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One of the most valuable exercises you can do on occasion, is to stop, look back over your life since you became a Christian, and remember the things God has done for you. Such an exercise is a faith-builder!

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